Question:

Is being an architect stressful?

4 August, 2021 Diego Pepper 5

Answers (5):

  • AUTHOR: MARK WRONA
    23 August, 2021

    Sometimes, yes. Architects have to manage a lot of different facets of building design and process, such as planning, programming, cost estimating, bidding the project out for pricing (at which point they will use their knowledge to make sure the price is correct), contract negotiations (to confirm that all requirements for the design are met). It can be hard work for an architect. But it tends to be more rewarding than stressful - at least in my experience.

  • AUTHOR: LARRY KUCERA
    23 August, 2021

    Dealing with unexpected things, which on most projects you never know what those are going to be- contracts, architects drawings not being precise enough for the contractor to understand so they don't execute it correctly and you're constantly having to check up on them...you put a lot of thought into it
    I feel like architects live in this headspace where we want to make something perfect but at the same time we're struggling with all these people who are doing their jobs wrong and early on in my career I got really frustrated because I felt like nobody was trying as hard as me.

  • AUTHOR: CAMELLIA SCHILDGEN
    23 August, 2021

    It really depends on an individual's personal preferences. Some people require a lot of external stimulation, and some do not; what is stressful for one person may be comforting to another."
    Architecture consists of two things: shaping space, which can be low-impact if done right, and observing your design in use, which is exhausting. If you need monitoring feedback all the time then it might seem like you are working too hard when in fact you just need to take more breaks."
    "Every architect will have their own answer to this question - I always recommend that they find a creative way to give themselves at least 5 minutes out of every hour where they can check email or do something else."

  • AUTHOR: KENNETH LATSON
    23 August, 2021

    The whole profession is very demanding, and it's not for everyone. So I can't really answer you without knowing more about your situation. The physical demands of the profession are very high, but also varied as architects have many different working environments to choose from including architecture firms, schools of architecture, public architectural consultants or in-house within a company such as an engineering firm. Personally for me the rewards outweigh the disadvantages because I still enjoy my work even after 25 years and find that comparing preconception with life actually make me appreciate my own work all the more. We don't need money to love what we do and rest assured there will always be enough work so long as people keep on building cities.

  • AUTHOR: RYAN CATT
    23 August, 2021

    It is said that an architect's life is more stressful than that of a commercial pilot. Architects must learn architecture codes, functional possibilities such as plumbing systems and electric wiring while designing the blueprint or schematic, materials and construction methods for their planned designs, environmental factors in which their designs will be built on (i.e. strong earthquakes), safety measures to prevent collapse during earthquakes or other natural disasters, structural integrity to avoid collapse during earthquakes or other natural disasters, space limitations such as roof height/ceiling height etc... so many aspects go into consideration for architects that make it stressful at times.